Bibb County, Alabama Genealogy

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Bibb County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Bibb County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded February 7, 1818
County Seat Centreville
Address Bibb County Courthouse
35 Court Square East
P.O. Box 185
Centreville, AL 35042
Phone: (205) 926-3103
Bibb County Website

County Information

Bibb County, Alabama Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1900 1818 1900 1830 1818 1818 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

County Courthouse

Bibb County Alabama Courthouse.jpg
 Bibb County Courthouse,
35 Court Square East,
P.O. Box 185
Centreville, AL 35042,
Phone: (205) 926-3103

County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records from 1818. Clerk Circuit court has divorce and court records.[2]


The County was named in honor of William W. Bibb, a Governor of Alabama. The County has Centreville as its seat and the County was created February 7, 1818. The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]


Parent County

1818--Cahawba County was created 7 February 1818 from Monroe, Montgomery Counties. Cahawba County was renamed Bibb County on 4 December 1820 .
County seat: Centreville [4]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Alabama county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Alabama County Boundary Maps" (1799-1980) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.


Populated Places

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Abercrombie
  • Active
  • Antioch
  • Ashby
  • Belchers
  • Belle Ellen
  • Bibb Mill
  • Bibbville
  • Blockton Junc
  • Brierfield
  • Coleanor
  • Cox
  • Duff Settlement
  • East Centreville
  • East Town
  • Eddings Town
  • Eoline
  • Erharkers
  • Garnsey
  • Garnsey Number 2
  • Bibb County
  • Piper
  • Pondville
  • Primitive Ridge
  • Randolph
  • Red Eagle
  • Sand Mountain
  • Scottsville
  • Seymour
  • Shawtown
  • Sixmile
  • Smith Hill
  • Spencer
  • Stewart Settlement
  • Tabernacle
  • Thomas Mill
  • Trio
  • Tucker
  • Vernontown
Ghost towns

Neighboring Counties



African American

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:


Biographies of many notable residents of Bibb County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 478.


Cemeteries of Bibb, Alabama online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Alabama Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites have additional information on Bibb county cemeteries.


For tips on accessing Bibb County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Historical populations
Year Pop.  %±
1820 3,676
1830 6,306 71.5%
1840 8,284 31.4%
1850 9,999 20.7%
1860 11,894 19.0%
1870 7,469 −37.2%
1880 9,487 27.0%
1890 13,824 45.7%
1900 18,498 33.8%
1910 22,791 23.2%
1920 23,144 1.5%
1930 20,780 −10.2%
1940 20,155 −3.0%
1950 17,987 −10.8%
1960 14,357 −20.2%
1970 13,812 −3.8%
1980 15,723 13.8%
1990 16,576 5.4%
2000 20,826 25.6%
2010 22,915 10.0%
Sources: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  through 1960

State Census

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Alabama denominations, view the Alabama Church Records wiki page.

Court Records

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Alabama Land and Property for additional information about early Alabama land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

To place a grant or deed on a map within context of Bibb County, Alabama Genealogy see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Bibb County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2007. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Digital version at ($). Website includes free surname index. FHL Book 976.182 E7bg.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Bibb County, Alabama Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Alabama Local Histories.

  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. Bibb County, Alabama Genealogy begins on page 109.


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Civil War

Civil War service men from Bibb County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Bibb County.

- 11th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F
- 20th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, D, F and G
- 20th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 29th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D "Bibb Rifles"
- 29th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 44th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, F, G and H

Online Records

World War I


Finding More Alabama Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bibb County, Alabama Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Bibb County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Bibb County, Alabama Genealogy Courthouse. Many records are on microfilm at the Family History Library.

See the wiki page Alabama Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, dower records, personal property sales, settlement records, orphans’ records, and bonds.

  • 1830-1976 - Bibb County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Records, 1830-1976 at FamilySearch - free.
  • England, Flora D. Index of Book A, Minutes of Probate Court, Bibb County, Alabama. Marion, Ala., 1964. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Online Probate Records


Alabama tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Alabama Taxation.

  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Bibb County is in District 2.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Alabama. See also How to order Alabama Vital Records

  • 1818–1860, 1862, 1932, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969 at Ancestry– ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears.
  • 1820-1860 - Gandrud, Pauline Myra Jones. Marriage Records of Bibb County, Alabama, 1820-1860: Being Transcribed and Indexed from the Original Marriage Books. Memphis, Tenn.: The Milestone Press, 1969. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry– ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1828–1842 "Alabama Marriages, 1809-1920"at Ancestry– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.

  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry– ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.
  • 1909-1911 - Bibb County Death Index 1909-1911. Batch B545192 at FamilySearch - free.[9]

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Bibb County has two books:

Book 1

Book 2

Societies and Libraries

Bibb County Heritage Association
Rt. 1, Box 147
Brierfield, AL
35035 205-665-1851

Bibb Brent-Centreville Public Library

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Family History Centre Locator



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Autauga County, Alabama. Page 35 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 33.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 35.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Bibb, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 05/29/2017.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Bibb County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 24 September 2018.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  7. Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," FamilySearch Research Wiki,, accessed 6 August 2012.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at